Bill Cosby

Esquire Magazine and Harlem Village Academies Honor Bill Cosby

Cosby in 2007, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: William Henry Cosby, Jr.

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 12, 1937

Ethnicity: African-American

Bill Cosby is an American stand-up comedian, comedian, actor, and author.

Bill is the son of Anna Pearl (Hite) and William Henry Cosby. Most of his recent ancestors lived in Virginia, where all sixteen of his great-great-grandparents were born, and where his family were slaves.

Bill is married to producer, author, philanthropist Camille Cosby, with whom he has five children.

Bill’s paternal grandfather was Samuel Russell Cosby (the son of Zachariah “Zach” Cosby and Louisa Daniel Johnson). Samuel was born in Virginia. Zachariah was the son of Sam Thomas Cosby and Jane.

Bill’s paternal grandmother was Gertrude A. Thornhill (the daughter of William Ansel Thornhill and Zabria Sabra Linthicum). Gertrude was born in Virginia. William was the son of James Thornhill and America Mary Sanders. Zabria was the daughter of Caleb Linthicum and Jane West.

Bill’s maternal grandfather was William Sidney Hite (the son of Tobias Hite and Henrietta Field). Bill’s grandfather William Hite was born in Virginia. Henrietta was the daughter of Henry Field and Permelia, or of Grandison Field and Anna Jane.

Bill’s maternal grandmother was Martha Alice Rice (the daughter of Asa Rice and Anne Johnson). Martha was born in Virginia. Asa was the son of Rufus Rice and Betsey/Betsy/Elizabeth. Anne was the daughter of Martha Williams.

Source: Genealogy of Bill Cosby –


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10 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    I believe he is the only (or among the few ones if I missed something) notable African-Americans who recently went through this kind of troubles. Mike Tyson was judged guilty of raping though.

    Why he should have done those things? for the same reason of the likes of Weinsten&Co: abuse of power and social position.

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